Close-up of Brexit MEP Candidates, on stage during a Rally at Olympia, London

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The Brexit Party is a Eurosceptic political party in the United Kingdom that was launched in 2019. It has four Welsh Assembly members and fourteen Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), all of whom were originally elected as representatives of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and it is led by one of these MEPs, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. The party supports the UK leaving the European Union without a formal withdrawal agreement and then trading with it on World Trade Organization terms until new trade deals can be agreed. The party is considered as populist by some political commentators. company called The Brexit Party Limited was incorporated with Companies House on 23 November 2018. It was formally announced on 20 January 2019 by former UKIP economics spokesperson Catherine Blaiklock, who served as the party's initial leader. On 5 February 2019, it was registered with the United Kingdom Electoral Commission to run candidates in any English, Scottish, Welsh and European Union elections. On the day of the announcement, Nigel Farage, who had been an independent MEP since his departure from UKIP in early December 2018, said that the party was Blaiklock's idea, but that she had acted with his full support. In a 24 January 2019 interview, Blaiklock said: "I won't run it without Nigel [Farage], I'm a nobody and I haven't got any ego to say that I am an anybody", and that: "I'm happy to facilitate Nigel and do the donkey work and work for him, but I don't have any illusions as to myself". On 8 February 2019, Farage stated he would stand as a candidate for the party in any potential future European Parliament elections contested in the United Kingdom. MEPs Steven Woolfe and Nathan Gill, also formerly of UKIP, stated that they would also stand for the party. On 1 February 2019, Blaiklock told The Daily Telegraph the party had raised £1 million in donations, and that over 200 people had come forward offering to stand for The Brexit Party
Location: Olympia, West Kensington London, W14

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